Someone recommended I eat blackstrap molasses during my PG. I am dairy free, and I have low iron. I see that it has both 20% of calcium and 20% of iron, and I wonder if it is really a good source of either since they are both in the food - sort of like how spinach isn't really a good source of either? I think that spinach has oxalates too which make it hard to aborb, but my prenatal even has the calcium left out of it (it's in a different tablet) so it can be absorbed better.
I am curious to know more but what I can tell you is that my son when he turned a year tested anemic. I had one month till they tested again and I fed him loads of spinach smoothies, lentils and other beans, liver, and TONS of GF molasses cookies and his iron went up alot in one month.
I read that the vegetarian iron in spinach and molasses are better absorbed if eaten with vit-C. So spinach with lemon is good, and while I was pregnant I drank a tea of water, lemon juice and blackstrap molasses-really yummy IMO.
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